Use Custom Launcher on Chromecast With Google TV

A custom launcher on your Chromecast with Google TV will allow you customise exactly what you see on the home screen. You can also change the wallpaper, add widgets and more!

Steps

Firstly we need to enable the option to install from unknown sources

Click Settings

Click Settings

Click System

Click System

Click About

Click About

Click Android TV OS build 7 times until you see a message that Developer Options have been enabled

Click Build 7 times

Go back until you see the Apps menu item, click that

Click Apps

Click Security & Restrictions

Click Permissions

Push the right arrow to move to the right side of the screen where apps are located

Turn on Unknown Sources

Turn on unknown sources for the Downloader app

Turn on unknown sources for the Downloader app

Software Needed

Button Mapper

Wolf Launcher for Chromecast Google TV

Remote ADB Shell (Only needed for widgets)

Install Button mapper from the above link and Wolf launcher

Start button mapper and you will see

Click on OK and then open up device preferences

Inside Accessibility, turn on the feature for Button Mapper

As soon as you turn the on, you will see




We can now customise the home button action.

In my example, I will change the single tap home to open the Wolf Launcher

Press the home key




You will now see the Wolf launcher.

If you want to change the background, open up the launcher settings

Select Wallpaper

Enable the first option

Click on Select Wallpaper

Allow the permissions

Click on Internal Storage

Open the downloader folder


Any picture you downloaded via Downloader will be in here. You can select that and your background will change

How to enable widgets

Use Remote ADB shell on your device to make a connection.

once connected enter in the following command

appwidget grantbind --package com.wolf.gtvlauncher --user 0

You can now install some applications (Weather / clock etc) that support widgets. The one used in my video is from Aptoide TV:

This will give a result like:

How to go back to default launcher




You can either remove the button mapper or just reset the default home action back to defaults.

You will still see the custom launcher until you press the home key

Watch the video here: